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Boullier: Lotus must remain united

Eric Boullier says Lotus has to push hard to try and get ahead of Ferrari in the F1 title race
Lotus team boss Eric Boullier says his team needs to stay united if it if to stand any chance of beating Ferrari to third in the constructors' championship, having lost ground in Japan last weekend.

Although Fernando Alonso was forced to retire from the race, Felipe Massa was able to take his best finish of the year with second to allow Ferrari to outscore its Enstone-based rival – with Kimi Raikkonen the only Lotus man to score in sixth place.

That has allowed Ferrari to extend its advantage in the race for third, but Boullier said it was important for Lotus to keep pushing in an attempt to get ahead.

“Obviously, it didn't go as well as expected,” he said in reference ot the Suzuka race. “Of course, I could always say that we've increased our gap to Mercedes in the constructors' championship, that Kimi is still third in the drivers' classification, that our pace in qualifying was actually very good. But, ultimately, we scored eight points only where, after P3 on Saturday, we could have thought about a much better result. It would have been possible to close our gap to Ferrari in the standing and, ultimately, it has increased. Not ideal.

“I think the nearer we get to the end of the season, the more difficult it will be to achieve top results. We need to stay united though, stay focused on our job and make sure we can bring home more points. We're certainly facing less pressure from behind than we could have expected with a 104 point buffer from Mercedes in fifth, however it's starting to become harder now to catch Ferrari ahead of us in third position.

“Coming into Suzuka with a 14 point difference and six races to go was a lot more achievable than 24 points with five remaining. What's clear is that we need to get both of our cars into the points. We also need to add performance to the E20 so we are not having to trade paint with Ferrari, but are well ahead of them on the track instead.”

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October 10, 2012 9:25 AM
Last Edited 641 days ago

Dylan... When have Lotus ever had the slightest chance of signing Hamilton??? Also, your statement sugguests that you believe the Lotus engine & chassis package is stronger than the one produced by McLaren?... I'm a Lotus fan, but anybody will tell you that the McLaren is the MUCH stroner package. Hamilton hasn't had a sniff this year in the faster package so I very much doubt he would have walked the WDC if he had been in a Lotus... Raikkonen has done a sound job this year, he has missed a few opportunities to take race wins when he had the chance, but on his return back in an F1 car, he has done very well... And still leads Hamilton in the championship. As for comparing Hamilton to Senna... seriously??? The level that Hamilton has achieved of 3 WDC's??? Senna would never have walked away from the best team so he could make a quick buck, and sell himself as some Gansta wannabe rapper... So kindly go and prepare yourself for Hamilton's "glory years" in the mid-pack Mercedes!

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